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Thomas Brown


With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Thomas Francis Brown, a loving father, a talented recording studio engineer, and a brilliant software programmer. Thomas, born on September 21, 1948, in Cleveland, Ohio. He left this world, after a long courageous battle with cancer, on September 9, 2023, in Asheville, North Carolina. He was 74 years old. Thomas was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Francis Brown and Susan Jarnett.

Thomas led a remarkable life filled with passion and dedication. As a recording studio engineer, he had a natural gift for capturing the essence of music and translating it into timeless recordings. His work in the music industry touched the hearts of many, leaving a lasting legacy of sound and artistry.

In addition to his impressive career, he was also a skilled software programmer. His ability to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of technology was nothing short of remarkable. His contributions to the field have left an indelible mark, and his work continues to inspire and shape the industry.

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Thomas leaves behind a legacy that his family will forever cherish and be inspired by. He is survived by his two devoted children, Christine (Ryan) Lucas of Black Mountain, North Carolina, and Kenneth (Jeanette) Brown of Columbus, North Carolina. Their lives have been enriched by the love and guidance of their father, and they will always carry his memory in their hearts.

He also leave behind two grand daughters, Brooklyn (Thomas) Woodbury of Gastonia, North Carolina, and Hannah Stanley of Fairview, North Carolina, as well as his two grandsons, Rowyn Brown and Eli Brown, both of Columbus, North Carolina. His legacy extends even further with two great-grandsons, Brantley Woodbury and Hudson Woodbury, of Gastonia, North Carolina.

A celebration of Thomas’s life will be held at his daughter’s house on September 23rd at 2:00pm. Thomas’s passing leaves a void that can never be filled, but we will find solace in the memories we shared with him. In honoring his memory, let us remember the laughter, the music, and the moments of love that defined his life.

In this time of mourning, let us remember Thomas Francis Brown not for the tears we shed today but for the smiles and joy he brought into our lives.

As we come together to bid farewell to a remarkable man, let us find comfort in the knowledge that his spirit lives on in the hearts of those who loved him. Thomas’s memory will be a guiding light for all of us, reminding us of the beauty of a life well-lived and the enduring power of love.

May he rest in eternal peace.

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We appreciate Penland Family Funeral Home for assisting our family in this time of need.

We would greatly appreciate if people can share any stories of their experiences with Tom, and if you have pictures or videos of Tom (or even just something he worked on), it would mean the world to us if we see them as well.
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4 Responses

  1. I was sad to read your message about Tom. I knew he had cancer, but I hadn’t talked with him by phone for two or three years. Great guy.

    Tom did the sound at our monthly Tacoma contra dance for six years, 2007 – 2013, when he “retired” I recall because of a bum leg. He loved to test the speakers and other sound equipment before each dance. This involved making a dreadful, ear-splitting sound, and seeing how the sound equipment reacted. One speaker blew up, I remember, and we laughed. Tom replaced it with one of his own speakers.

    We had a wonderful dance hall, a 1920 Craftsman building with a high ceiling. Tom was responsible for setting up the sound equipment and making sure the three to seven musicians were properly mixed and balanced. He was very good at it, and got on well with the musicians and the dancers. He drove back and forth between Quilcene and Tom for each dance. I have many fond memories of Tom. I will rummage through our old dance photos, and send to you anything of interest about Tom.

    Matt Temmel

    Tacoma, WA

  2. Christine,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I was going to call him last week but got busy. I barely knew him but I felt like I knew him my whole life.
    I loved hearing the stories of the music and audio industry from him a true legend. I will cherish the equipment he gave me and think of him every time use it.
    It was nice to finally meet you, I’m glad you were able to take him home with you and spend the last few moments with him.
    I will miss him.


  3. Tom and I were working on a recording facility together in Port Townsend after he was having his first bouts with chemo. He was in the studio every day and it was as though it was bringing life back into him. He lived for music production, it was the one constant in his blood. After the pandemic closed our doors, it really took the gas out of him. The world lost a genius in our industry. I and many, will miss him dearly. With belief in miracles, I was hoping they would find him.

    Sorry for your loss

    Barry Ellis

  4. Hello Christine and Kenny

    I am so saddened about the passing of your father.. Tom was the kindest friend I have ever had..
    He always brought the best out of me… Never ever a bad thought or anything close to a bad vibe he had in his soul… I remember every time I got on the ferry to come over his way it was always a beautiful journey driving there and then when I arrived to see his smiling face… He always had a joke to tell me that set the day.. His time he spent with me drawing plans for a control room was his love.. So much appreciated..
    The funny thing that I experienced he had in the backyard a area where he threw away some audio gear frames and items that were no good to him anymore.. He would take me back there and had certain names for the items.. I always said to him your are as crazy as me dude!!
    Never will forget that but most of all again he was the kindest person ever I met in my life —
    We will deeply miss him —

    Thank you Christine and Kenny

    Much Love


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